Parry Sound-Muskoka MPP Norm Miller is hosting his sixth annual Seniors’ Seminar at the Active Living Centre in Bracebridge on June 21, bringing seniors together while also encouraging residents to participate in a provincial consultation regarding support for aging populations.
Attendees at the seminar will hear presentations about estate planning, the value of volunteering and Alzheimer’s disease. A light lunch will be provided so anyone interested in attending should RSVP to Miller’s office. The Ontario Government is also consulting with seniors, caregivers and organizations that provide services to seniors to determine how the province can best support the aging population. The government is having targeted consultations with seniors and those who work with and care for seniors, while also giving all Ontarians the chance to participate in an online survey. Feedback from the consultations and online survey will help form a strategy to help seniors age at home and in communities, remain healthy and socially engaged, stay safe and secure, and participate in the labour market and economy. The government expects to release their government-wide seniors strategy this fall.
“We recognize that seniors want to remain active and participate fully in their communities,” Miller said. “Our government is committed to doing what is right for our aging population in Parry Sound-Muskoka and we need your ideas. We want to hear from seniors, the people who care for them and the organizations that support them.”
Current estimates predict that the seniors population will grow to over 3 million by 2023, meaning there will be about 400,000 more seniors than today, according to a statement from Miller’s office. Seniors are the fastest growing demographic in the province and Parry Sound-Muskoka has a larger than average senior population.
“Supporting our seniors is about investing in our own futures – everyone should be able to age strong, in an Ontario that is open to all,” said Raymond Cho, minister for Seniors and Accessibility. “We are moving forward with our commitment to develop a cross-government strategy to do what’s right by Ontario’s aging population, while growing jobs and the economy.”
To take part in the online survey, visit www.Ontario.ca/SeniorsStrategy by July 19.